Earlier in the spring, TCU head coach Gary Patterson suspended reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields for two games for a “violation of team rules.” The sophomore defensive end served the first game of his suspension against LSU last Saturday, but we’re not sure exactly when he’ll serve the second.
Patterson was asked at a press conference today if Fields would play this week against FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana.
“Nothing’s changed,” Patterson said. “I’m just tired of putting the ‘and’ on there.”
The head coach caused some controversy when he listed Fields as the only starter at defensive end on this week’s depth chart. While Patterson did say Fields would serve his two-game suspension, he didn’t say definitively that it would or wouldn’t be the first two games.
“No matter what, [Devonte] will serve a two-game suspension,” Patterson said.
When asked for a reason why Patterson wouldn’t just sit Fields for the entire game this weekend, the coach cited Fields’ health as a concern.
“For me, you gotta look at health,” Patterson said. The Frogs head to Lubbock for a Thursday night showdown with the Red Raiders next week. The thought process is that Fields would begin his season in Lubbcok and risk injury by not getting any in-game reps beforehand.
It seems Fields may play some on Saturday and serve the rest of his suspension later in the year.
“What you do is try to do what’s right,” Patterson said. “A righteous man loses also.”
Either way, it’s all speculation what exactly Patterson will do with his star player until Saturday.
What do you think? Should Fields risk injury and sit out all of the Southeastern Louisiana game? Or should he get some playing time on Saturday to warm up and serve the rest of his suspension later?